Herbal and Yunani Medicine
Herbal medicine has been used since the earliest times to maintain or restore good health and to treat illness. Herbalism still remains the most widely practiced form of medicine worldwide.
Yunani or Unani Medicine is a form of traditional herbal medicine. It has its origins within Greek and Arab medicine, notably teachings of Hippocrates and Galen, a Roman physician. Arabian and Persian physicians further developed it into a complete medical system. The most famous among them is notably Hakim Ibn Sina, or Avicenna who wrote “The Canon of Medicine” which remains still today the cornerstone of Yunani medicine. During the 12th century, this practice spread over to India where it is still taught and practiced as of today.
Yunani medicine is based on the concept of four humors: Phlegm, Blood, Yellow and Black bile. Those humors need to be kept in balance in order to maintain health. However, some factors can misbalance the humors which causes reactions in tissues and/or organs. For Yunani medicine it is important to eliminate the factors causing the misbalance and to re-harmonize the humors.
These days, Yunani combines traditional knowledge with the latest discoveries of scientific research to the benefit of the patient. As herbal medicine, it uses plants’ extracts making available the plants’ full range of potential benefits rather than relying on synthetic, isolated molecules. Indeed, it is often the case that in their natural composition a plant’s different molecules show beneficial interdependencies.
Precise use of herbal medicine as administrated by a qualified practitioner can show quick and impressive results, notably but not exclusively in alleviating chronic conditions.